Monday, February 27, 2017
NHL trade review: Coyotes acquire Pulkkinen from Wild
This trade comes a day after these two teams pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending center Martin Hanzal and right winger Ryan White to the Wild. Since then, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has cleared up roster space for Hanzal and White. He placed C Zac Dalpe on waivers (he was then claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets). Pulkkinen, another depth guy, wasn't needed on the roster. He recently cleared waivers, but the Wild wanted to get some value out of him, because there was no use of him in the NHL. The future considerations is probably going to be a late draft pick.
The Coyotes are in a rebuild. They traded defenseman Michael Stone. Like I mentioned before, they also traded Hanzal and White. This is the third straight day GM John Chayka has traded for an AHL player. He traded for winger Jeremy Morin, and winger Grayson Downing (he was the only player they got in the Hanzal trade). He's obviously trying to beef up both the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) and the Coyotes depth. Pulkkinen, 25, has 1 point (a goal) in 9 games for the Wild this season. He has 36 points (18 goals and 18 assists) in 47 games for the Iowa Wild (AHL). He has 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) in 79 career NHL games with the Wild and the Detroit Red Wings.